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March 22, 2011 > HAAL diamond update

HAAL diamond update

By Gary van den Heuvel

Mount Eden High School's Monarchs baseball team may not have figured to be one of the favorites in the Hayward Area Athletic League, but at week's end, they found themselves in sole possession of first place in the HAAL.

The Monarchs are in this lofty position with a 1-0 record in the league (2-2 overall). None of the other HAAL teams have played a league game yet, aside from Hayward High School, whom Mt. Eden beat 6-5 last week (March 17). The Monarchs came back from an early 3-0 deficit, scoring four in the sixth inning to take a two-run lead.

Gary Boyd delivered two RBIs, including the game-winner, for Mt. Eden. Dylan Lacombe had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the winners. Hayward's Robert Monchak pitched the complete game for the Farmers, as well as stroking two hits, driving in a run and scoring one.

One team that may be standing in the way of a Mt. Eden victory parade is the Moreau Catholic Mariners. Moreau remained undefeated (5-0 in non-league games), but needed a dramatic two-run homer in the last of the seventh inning - and with two outs, no less - by Brian Hickel to tie their midweek home game against American High School. American put a run on the board in the eighth (extra) inning, but the Mariners put two across in the bottom of the frame, with the game-winner coming on a suicide squeeze by Michael Temple. Hickel (batting .562) had a total of three RBIs on his two hits, and Richard L'Heureux contributed two hits, an RBI and a run.

Moreau's softball team sits at 4-2 (non-league play) after splitting two games last week. A fourth-inning homer by Cassidy Lyon, with Savanna Ulloa on base, was the only offense the Mariners could muster in a 4-2 loss to American. But Moreau came out of their offensive doldrums in their next outing, pounding Campolindo High School 11-1, and invoking the 10-run mercy rule after five innings were completed.

Alyssa Castillo pitched the complete game, striking out eight, giving up two hits and no earned runs. Ulloa was again an offensive catalyst, with two hits, an RBI and two runs. Shelby Long also had two hits along with an RBI and a run.

Elsewhere in HAAL softball, Hayward High took it on the chin in their season opener, a 15-0 thumping by Dougherty Valley. Tennyson dropped to 0-2 with a 10-2 loss to Dublin. Several local games were postponed due to last weekend's (March 18-20) inclement weather.

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